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Newberry Library is archiving signs from the Women’s March

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:59:51 +0000

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“An estimated 250,000 demonstrators attended the Women’s March on Chicago, and one of the city’s world-famous research institutions is working to preserve the event’s historical significance. The Newberry Library is asking people who attended the Saturday rally in Grant Park and those who were at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., to donate items such as signs, banners, […]

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Making space for makers: Residents reimagine creative spaces in county libraries

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:50:23 +0000

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San Mateo County residents now have a chance to weigh in on the creative spaces available to them at San Mateo County libraries. At a community engagement workshop at the Belmont Library Wednesday, Jan. 18, creators of all ages gathered to share enthusiasm for projects they have been working on at their libraries and resources […]

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By the book: Empty school libraries get new resources, staff

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:57:05 +0000

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“The magic of books has returned to Jack Yates High School.The school’s once-depleted library shelves are filled with novels, nonfiction, games and gadgets. Students gather to answer questions about books they’ve read as part of a campus quiz show they invented.It’s enough to bring tears to the eyes of Houston school Trustee Jolanda Jones.”Libraries are […]

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Attorney General issues ultimatum on guns in the library

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:42:49 +0000

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“The battle lines are being drawn in front of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library.The issue is whether you should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm while visiting the library.The sign beside the library’s front door is hard to miss. No guns permitted in this facility per state law. And that’s the problem.The state says […]

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A Quarter-Century of the LII

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:51:49 +0000

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“I wish I could say that it seems like only yesterday… but it’s been a quarter-century.  We started the LII in 1992, just Peter Martin and I,  and, a little later, a student employee who became our first full-time sysadmin. There were 30 web servers in the world then, and I got excited when we […]

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St. Louis City Public Library victim of ransomware attack

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:56:21 +0000

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“The St. Louis City Public Library’s computers are not accessible to the public following a ransomware attack.Library spokeswoman Jennifer Hatton said the 700 computers throughout their 16 branches are currently down because of a ransomware attack.The exact timing of the attack is unknown, but library officials believe it occurred either Wednesday night or Thursday morning. […]

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Carla Hayden Thinks Libraries Are a Key to Freedom

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:06:07 +0000

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“Most librarians of Congress haven’t actually previously been librarians. What’s the best preparation for this role? There have been two other librarians of the 14 total — we’ve had historians, we’ve had lawyers — but the main theme has been an interest in ideas and knowledge and a belief in that. That’s what prepares you […]

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The Biblioracle: Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:22:28 +0000

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“Two librarians of East Lake County Library in Lake County, Fla., are the subject of investigation for creating a fake patron, “Chuck Finley,” who checked out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016. I call them heroes.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:07:40 +0000

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“The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled. Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a reference to the Italian town […]

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Librarian’s list of ‘predatory’ journals reportedly removed due to ‘threats and politics’

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:37:14 +0000

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“An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers on Sunday vanished from the internet without explanation. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and […]

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City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:33:04 +0000

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“Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by ICMA (the International City/County Management Association), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public […]

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Durham County finds alternatives for homeless as library closes two years for renovation

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:21 +0000

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“While Terry can use computers at Urban Ministries, some shelter residents visit the downtown library daily for a change of scenery. Other members of the homeless population, who aren’t living in a shelter, may turn to the library for a respite from warm or hot weather, a place to use the bathroom or sit and […]

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DPLA to Expand Access to Ebooks with Support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:14:12 +0000

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“The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA $1.5 million to greatly expand its efforts to provide broad access to widely read ebooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their ebook collections, and for millions of readers nationwide to […]

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Wayback Machine Chrome extension now available

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:29:05 +0000

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“The Wayback Machine Chrome browser extension helps make the web more reliable by detecting dead web pages and offering to replay archived versions of them.  You can get it here.For the past 20 years, the Internet Archive has recorded and preserved web pages, and hundreds of billions of them are available via the Wayback Machine. […]

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[Virginia] House panel shoots down ban on guns in libraries

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:26:06 +0000

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“A House subcommittee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow libraries owned or operated by local governments to ban firearms from their premises. On a 4-1 voice vote, Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee recommended tabling HB 1418. The bill, proposed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, sought to […]

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“We All Need Wikipedia.” Why This Foundation Is Giving Millions for Open Knowledge

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:15:23 +0000

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“Knowledge is a slippery thing these days. Nearly half of Americans get their news from Facebook, a proprietary, opaque delivery system engineered to make money. We’re also seeing the rise of online sources deliberately seeking to mislead for political or commercial reasons. Perhaps most disturbing, the soon-to-be president of the United States has displayed a flagrant […]

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Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:12:04 +0000

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“Public libraries are on the front lines of the battle against homelessness.It’s a growing trend across the country and right here in Boise.”We have folks who come in here to get warm, folks that come in and use the Wi-Fi and in the summer time, folks that come in to stay cool,” said Kevin Booe, […]

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Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:33:13 +0000

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“Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them.The extension allows you to pick your favorite local libraries and add them to […]

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Dun & Bradstreet Acquires Avention, the Maker of OneSource

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:30:16 +0000

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“Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Avention, the maker of OneSource® solutions. Avention provides organizations with a deeper understanding of company, contact, and market data, delivered through a robust technology platform.” (via The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation)

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Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:00:11 +0000

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“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who […]

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Philadelphia School District librarians: a species nearly extinct?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:06:51 +0000

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“How many full-time, certified librarians would you guess one of the nation’s largest school systems – a district with 220 schools and 134,000 students – employs?One hundred? Two hundred?Not even close. Eight certified, full-time school librarians staff Philadelphia School District buildings. A handful of others juggle library responsibilities with teaching classes. Many school libraries are […]

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PROJECT WILL DIGITIZE CATHOLIC RECORDS OF BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:21:07 +0000

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“Two of Boston’s most venerable institutions are teaming up to create an online database of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholic Church documents to help people trace their family histories.The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Archdiocese of Boston on Tuesday announced the project that was first talked about two years ago. It’s the […]

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Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:48:46 +0000

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“The Wikimedia Foundation, with a US$3,015,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is leading an effort to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the world’s largest repository of freely licensed educational media. The project will support contributors’ efforts to integrate Commons’ media more readily into the rest of the web, making it easier for […]

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Wikipedia was born in 2001. And the world got a bit truthier

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:25:11 +0000

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“Jan. 15, 2001?Sixteen years ago, while working on Nupedia, an online encyclopedia written by scholars, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched a second free online encyclopedia that anyone could contribute to. Called Wikipedia, it didn’t initially attract much attention. It took about nine months before mainstream newspapers took note of it and only slightly longer […]

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A nationwide effort launches to turn ‘book deserts’ into literary oases

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:11:18 +0000

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“The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make “book deserts” a thing of the past.The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing the Book Rich Environment Initiative, which will donate books to residents of public housing nationwide.” (via LA […]

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